Surry honors top student-athletes

Surry Community College Athletic Director Mark Tucker (left) presents the college's Student-Athlete of the Year Award at the school's annual awards banquet on April 30.

Excelling in the field and the classroom, Dylan Gansrow, Lexia Wingler and Dylon Wooten have been honored with Surry Community College’s top awards for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Gansrow and Wingler were named the college’s Men’s and Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Wooten was honored as Surry’s Student-Athlete of the Year April 30 during SCC’s Annual Sports Banquet. A sophomore baseball player, Gansrow has helped lead the Knights to a 20-17 record and a first-place tie in the Region X standings.

Very dedicated academically, Gansrow has always strived to help others, SCC Athletic Director Mark Tucker said.

“He has assisted in helping raise funds for Relay for Life and the Wounded Warrior Project. He was a group leader for the annual Step Up to the Plate Benefit in which he helped with organizing and raising funding for a local wounded soldier,” Tucker said. “In addition, he has volunteered with Hope House in which he helped cook and serve meals to cancer patients. Last year, he volunteered and worked with the Franklin County Challengers, a special needs baseball team.”

Surry  Community College Athletic Director Mark Tucker (right) presents the college's Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award to Dylan Gansrow at the school's annual awards banquet on April 30. Surry Community College Athletic Director Mark Tucker (right) presents the college's Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award to Dylan Gansrow at the school's annual awards banquet on April 30.

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While at Patrick Henry Community College last year, Gansrow earned the Presidential Award of Excellence with a 4.0 grade point average while being named to the President’s List for both semesters. This year at Surry, he was selected for the National Society of Leadership and Success and a member of Sigma Alpha Phi. He currently holds an overall grade point average of 3.94.

“This year, he has volunteered with the Surry County Food Drive and Delivery program at Christmas and also assisted with the Surry County Special Olympics,” Tucker said. “After graduating with honors from Surry in May, he will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting.”

Wingler, a standout volleyball player for Surry, was honored as the school’s Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Leading an extremely active and comprehensive life, Wingler has volunteered with Impact Yadkin, World Changers, and Samaritan’s Purse. She has also assisted with the Angel Tree with her church.

While at Surry the last two years, she has been a Dean’s List and President’s List student posting an overall 3.702 GPA. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the National Junior College Athletic Association named her Third Team All-Academic, a national honor. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa along with being inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Surry  Community College Athletic Director Mark Tucker (right) presents the college's Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award to Lexia Winger at the school's annual awards banquet on April 30. Surry Community College Athletic Director Mark Tucker (right) presents the college's Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award to Lexia Winger at the school's annual awards banquet on April 30.

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“While at Surry, she has volunteered with Operation Christmas Child, participated in two Dig Pink events for raising awareness and funding for breast cancer, and assisted with the ‘Spike Out Hunger’ campaign for the Foothills Food Pantry,” Tucker said. “She has also volunteered at the Knights Athletic Club bingo events for the past two years.”

On the court, Wingler helped guide Surry to a 20-5 overall record and an 11-1 mark in Region X action in 2019. She ranked second on the team in blocks (44), third in kills (106) and third in points (139). She will graduate this May with an Associate in Arts degree. After completing an internship in accounting this summer, she will be attending Greensboro College this fall to continue her education and volleyball career.

Praised for possessing a vast array of academic and athletic ability, Wooten was named Surry's Student-Athlete of the Year.  A sophomore from Alleghany High School, Wooten has assisted and volunteered with numerous golf tournaments, helping raise funding for those in need along with unloading trucks for Alleghany Care. During his high school and college career, he has also been employed by IPAL, New River Country Club, and Ridgeview Grocery.

While at SCC the last two years, he has been a Dean’s List and President’s List student posting an overall 3.66 GPA. He has also volunteered with collecting food for the Foothills Food Pantry and the Knight Athletic Club Bingo events.

On the course, Wooten has had a fantastic career for the Knights, helping lead Surry to the Region X Golf Championship this year while earning All-Region honors. He also earned Runner-Up Region X Player of the Year and qualified for the NJCAA National Golf Championship later in May.

In addition, he finished as medalist at the Eagles Cup hosted by Wake Tech Community College this spring. Last season, he earned three medalist awards including capturing the Region X Championship in the fall. He also helped lead the Knights to a 3rd-place finish in the NJCAA District J Tournament last year. Additionally, Surry captured the 47th annual Federal Credit Intercollegiate Golf Championship hosted by Camp Lejeune and the Wake Tech Eagles Cup.

"This young man was also named as the Tom Pendergraft Coaches Award recipient this year," Tucker said. "After graduating from Surry in May with an Associate in Arts degree, he will attend Appalachian State University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management."

Individual award winners are listed below:

Baseball

Roy A. Vernon Coaches Award - Zach Biesemeyer; Offensive Player of the Year - Michael Roberts/John Marion; Defensive Player of the Year - Ethan Danley; Pitcher of the Year - Jacob Tuttle

Golf

Men's Golf Low Score Average - Dylon Wooten; Tom Pendergraft Coach's Award - Dylon Wooten

Softball

MVP - Madison Rowe; Hustle Award - Jessica Cummings; Coach's Award - Katie Dunivant; Best Defensive Award - Emma Lay; Best Offensive Award - Hope Hinson; Best Pitcher Award - Payton Goble

Volleyball

MVP - Adison Needham; Coach's Award - Lauren Charleville; Defensive Player of the Year - Bryce Smith; Offensive Player of the Year - Raygan Casstevens; Most Improved - Kaylee Freed


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